You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans

Official film description

Modern farms are struggling to keep their secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Mark Devries, director of "Speciesism: The Movie" set out to investigate this phenomena. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a Peter Singer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

Further reviews

Devries confronts some very difficult and uncomfortable questions head-on. For example: How strong are the grounds for believing that humans have special moral worth? How valid are the comparisons between our use of other animals and the slavery of other humans? For those unfamiliar with speciesism, there may be no more enjoyable introduction to this fascinating subject than Speciesism: The Movie. For those familiar with the topic, and searching for a way to introduce friends and family to the deeper questions, this film may be the perfect solution. – The Huffington Post

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Director(s): Mark Devries
Script: Mark Devries
Production: Mark Devries
Music: Gabriel Galvin-Scotto, Stirling Krusing
Actors: Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins, Steven Best, Gary Francione, Temple Grandin, Ingrid Newkirk, Tom Regan, Peter Young
Year: 2013
Duration: 94 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Our age recommendation: 16

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Main topic(s): Planet Earth
Secondary topics: veganism
Mentions: factory farming industrial agriculture vegan veganism animal abuse
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth

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